No matter how great your kids’ clothes are, your children will always find a way to get them dirty. Whether they drop lunch on their clothes or skid on the grass when playing outside, kids always end up with stains on their clothes at the end of the day. Follow these clever tips to remove ordinary stains from your kids’ clothing.
Kids and dirt go hand and hand. If the mud is still wet, let it dry. Trying to remove the mud when it is still wet will only spread the stain. Carefully scrape the mud off the stain with a knife. Gently sweep away the dirt with a small brush. Put a few drops of liquid dish soap directly on the stain. Use your fingers to rub the detergent into the stain. Add a couple drops of water to the detergent on the stain. Vigorously rub the stain with a brush on both sides of the fabric. Repeat these directions until the stain is gone. Wash the garment according to the directions on the tag.
Skidding across the grass is the ultimate joy for kids. Unfortuantely, removing the grass stain can be a headache for any parent. Soak the grass stained garment in a mixture of cold water and an enzyme product for at least one hour. Don’t use hot water because it could further set the stain in the fibers of the garment making it harder to remove. If it is an aged stain, wash it. If the stain is still visible, soak it for an additional 30 minutes. Wash the garment using a color-safe bleach.
Unfortunately, getting cuts and bruises is a common occurrence with kids. If your child gets cut and blood drips on their outfit, immediately wash the blood stain on the garment under cold water. Soak the blood stained piece of clothing in warm water mixed with a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent. Carefully rub the stained area back and forth to help loosen the blood. Soak the garment for another 20 minutes, then rinse it. Soak the garment in an enzyme product for approximately 35 minutes, then wash it. If the blood stain has dried, pretreat the area with a stain remover. Soak the garment for a few hours in an enzyme product. Wash the garment according to the directions on the tag using a color-safe bleach.
Remove stuck-on food from the garment with a clean paper towel. If the food is stuck to the garment, carefully scrape it off with a plastic knife. Lay the garment stain side up on a flat surface. Sprinkle baking soda on the food stain. Leave the baking soda on the stain for approximately 20 minutes or overnight for the best results. Brush the baking soda off the stain. Pour a few drops of grease fighting liquid dish soap on the stain. Rub the soap into the stain with a toothbrush. Leave the soap on the stain for approximately 15 minutes. Wash the garment in the hottest water allowed according to the washing instructions on the tag with a bleach-free detergent.
After a day of making creative items with Play-Doh, kids somehow seem to manage to get it on their clothing. Allow the Play-Doh to dry completely. Loosen the Play-Doh with a stiff brush. If this doesn’t quite do the job of removing the stain, gently wash the stain with mild soap and water. You may need to repeat these directions a couple of times in order to completely remove the stain.